Ghent (Belgium), September 27 2017 – With its broad portfolio of label
workflow innovations ranging from project management, design, prepress, to
flexo platemaking and printing, Esko (www.esko.com) has teamed up with a wide
range of industry partners at Labelexpo Europe 2017 to simplify the
complete label production process. In addition to numerous integrated Esko
solutions in partner stands across the halls at Brussels Expo, Esko will
also showcase many innovations on its own stand located in hall 3, booth
“Esko has built a reputation across the entire labels industry as an
essential vendor for all label-related workflow innovations,” said Udo
Panenka, President of Esko. “The broad network of industry partners
exhibiting at Labelexpo that have included Esko in their offering
demonstrates how integrated solutions add considerably more value,
especially with increased pressure to generate more jobs faster and with
shorter run lengths becoming a common challenge for the entire industry.”
At Labelexpo Europe 2017, Esko has partnered with the following wide range
of key industry suppliers in the following innovations:
Prepress editing and workflow:
- Cerm Benelux (hall 6, booth A42):a global supplier of
Business Management Software for narrow web printers and part of the
Heidelberg group, teamed up with Esko to productize the integration between
MIS and prepress. The user-friendly interface benefits from automation,
accounting for the one-up approval cycle and automating step-and-repeat,
resulting in significant benefits for joint customers.
- EFI (hall 9, booth C40): many packaging and label companies rely
on EFI MIS/ERP software to to facilitate the collection and integration of
company-wide information for more profitable business management. Esko
Automation Engine and EFI’s Packaging Suite with Radius at its core are
integrated to automate the information flow between prepress and admin to
avoid errors and redundancy but to also increase efficiencies.”
- GlobalVision (hall 3, booth D65):as a global supplier of
print quality control software, GlobalVision technology is seamlessly
integrated into Esko’s viewing technology as well as Esko’s Automation
Engine to offer customers the ability to efficiently deal with more jobs
per day while reducing the number of quality issues.
- Label Traxx (hall 9, booth A10):Label Traxx is a global
supplier of MIS systems for the label market. Esko Automation Engine and
Label Traxx are seamlessly integrated with a bi-directional datastream
between the order entry and prepress departments. It avoids errors
resulting from data entry duplication, streamlines prepress and provides
live status updates.
- theurer.com GmbH (hall 6, booth 6A62): the theurer.com C3
MIS/ERP software for labels, flexible packaging and folding cartons
delivers out-of-the box integration with Esko Automation Engine for maximum
efficiency in prepress and production workflow. The joint customers benefit
from higher levels of efficiency as well as substantially reduced
- Asahi Photoproducts (hall 5, booth A34): having worked with
Esko for more than 15 years, Esko’s laser imager installations at each of
Asahi’s Technology Centers in Belgium, Japan and China have helped the
company to better support customers and boost R&D efforts.
- DuPont (hall 11, booth B16): shares a long-term
partnership with Esko that is committed to innovation in sustainable
packaging print solutions, providing the highest quality and productivity.
- Fujifilm (hall 9, booth A34): is a leading global supplier
of advanced print production systems including analogue and digital
solutions for the Packaging & Label industry. Its partnership with Esko
incorporates Esko’s laser imager and application support in a joint effort
to support customers in both Label and flexible packaging printing enrich
the customer experience, adding value that would otherwise be difficult to
- Graphics Solutions (hall 5, booth A17): MacDermid uses Esko screening, imaging and digital UV plate making
solutions to maximize the performance of their broad line of digital flexo
Printing and Ink:
- AVT (hall 9, booth C05): >a global supplier of inspection
and print quality systems, is also part of the Product Identification
Platform of Danaher and is working closely with Esko to dramatically reduce
waste that occurs as a result of quality issues through a live link between
Esko’s Automation Engine and AVT’s ZeroSet.
- BOBST (hall 3, booths A58 & A59): a global supplier of
equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers in the folding
carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries. At Labelexpo,
Esko will be demonstrating a new flexo platemaking workflow as part of its
cooperation in REVO. While designs will be printed live on the three BOBST
narrow- and-mid web inline flexo and multi-process production lines
demonstrated at the show in their very latest configuration – the M1, the
M5X and the M6 – the latest v Esko will show the software workflow that
happens before printing occurs. This will include converting jobs with
Equinox to the REVO inks and automatically arranging separations for
imaging on the new Crystal CDI XPS 4835.
- Codimag (hall 11, booth C10): a global supplier of printing
presses and a leader in anilox offset label printing, offering Aniflo, a
solution tailored to label printers’ needs with a high level of innovation.
At Labelexpo, Codimag is providing AnifloLive demos where printers can
bring a PDF file for conversion to an expanded color gamut file using Esko
Equinox. The file will be processed automatically by Automation Engine and
then printed live and right away on a VIVA 340 Evolution press. From your
PDF file to printed labels in less than 30 minutes!
- Domino (hall 9, booth A60): The Domino N-Series presses
combine high productivity with the flexibility of digital printing. The
latest Digital Front End v2.0 delivers higher productivity and improved
variable data printing (VDP) capabilities in conjunction with Esko color
management that has been proven to meet the demanding brand quality needs
of the label market today. Domino will continue to partner with Esko on
production workflow with seamless connectivity that maximizes value for
- Durst (hall 8, booth B26): as a leading manufacturer of
professional digital imaging systems for graphic, labels and package
printing, Durst Phototechnik works with Esko using its Digital Front End
(DFE) Rip and color management software for a more complete customer
- Edale (hall 7, booth D39): a supplier of high technology,
narrow-mid web flexographic and digital printing presses and converting
equipment. Edale has partnered with Esko to share the best available labels
and packaging printing technology to support customers, help them improve
performance and ensure a high level of customer satisfaction.
- Epson (hall 9, booth A50): Epson and Esko bring together advanced
digital technologies that provide customers with an effective way to
streamline prepress and workflow in order to print consistent, high-quality
- HP Indigo (PATIO): The latest development in HP and Esko’s ten
year relationship is the incorporation of Esko Color Engine into the new HP
Production Pro for Labels & Packaging. It analyzes the artwork and
determines the best color space and ink separations to print the job at the
right quality, helping to get to color with fewer clicks. HP Indigo label
presses also incorporate Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for labels as
part of a seamless workflow process.
- Mark Andy (hall 4 booth C45): the aim of Mark Andy is to be a
total solutions partner. By working with Esko, the company is able to
maximize the quality and efficiency of the entire workflow, from receipt of
artwork to on-press printing to delivering the best finished printed
- Mouvent (hall 3, booths A60 and A64): a new company founded by a
joint venture between BOBST and Radex. It focuses exclusively on digital
print using pioneering digital technology. At Labelexpo, Mouvent will be
showing Esko’s Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels.
- MPS (hall 11, booth C20): At Labelexpo Europe, MPS is launching a
new connectivity platform ‘talk to me’ that promotes interaction between
MPS printing presses and Management Information Systems (MIS). Esko colour
management and workflow management are important in the prepress stage of
the process. In this implementation, Automation Engine sends information to
the press for automated job configuration.
- Nilpeter (hall 7, booths B35 & 7B39): the PANORAMA
HYBRID complete inline solution combines digital inkjet printing with flexo
and inline finishing. The Esko workflow solution drives the combination
press. Nilpeter and Esko collaborated to ensure joint customers can
implement a workflow that delivers the best productivity and color accuracy
from the printing press.
- Omet (hall 6, booths C49 & C53): has partnered with
Esko to share the best available labels and packaging printing technology
to support customers, help them improve performance and ensure a high level
of customer satisfaction.
- Soma (hall 11, booth F20): is a longstanding technology partner of
Esko’s Equinox in expanded gamut printing in combination with their flexo
presses for packaging printing, featuring shorter packaging production runs
and product variation.
- Sun Chemical (hall 5, booth E45): has strengthened its
collaboration with Esko in the field of expanded color gamut printing.
Visitors to Labelexpo will be able to see how SunECG, which includes Esko’s
Equinox solution, enables customers to set up a simple process for
efficient printing with more press uptime and accurate and repeatable
- X-Rite, Pantone and AVT (hall 3, booth C50): by blending
X-Rite’s expertise in communicating, formulating, measuring and managing
color, Pantone’s position as the world’s color authority for nearly 50
years and AVT’s industry-leading print inspection solutions with Esko’s
deep knowledge and expertise in the labels and packaging industry, these
Danaher Product Identification Platform companies are better able to
support customers in meeting color standards and expectations on a wide
range of materials and with a broad array of printing technologies. X-Rite,
Pantone and Esko will be located on Stand 3C50, while AVT will be located
on Stand 9C05.
Esko’s new pre-configured workflow automation solution, Automation
Engine QuickStart for Labels, helps digital press owners to process their
jobs faster and flawless from incoming order to the press. This is also
being demonstrated on the stand of HP Indigo.
Esko a Central Player in the New Automation Arena at Labelexpo Europe
A clear illustration of Esko’s omnipresence in label production is its
pivotal role in the Automation Arena, a new feature of the 2017
edition of Labelexpo Europe located in hall 11. Esko is showing a
comprehensive set of software solutions for design and prepress, workflow
automation, color management, and supply chain collaboration for the label
printing industry. With a focus on cost control and productivity
optimization, the Esko Software Platform supports an end-to-end label
workflow with hyper realistic 3D viewing on multiple devices including
mobile, web collaboration, PDF editing, content management, and quality
assurance tools – all providing a modern user experience.
“Vendors as well as printers and converters are looking for integrated
solutions to improve the entire label production process, from incoming
order to the finished and delivered label. Esko’s broad portfolio of
innovations combined with the strength of our partner solutions is
instrumental in helping converters overcome these challenges,” Panenka
For more information, visit labelexpo.esko.com
About Esko (www.esko.com)
Packaging Simplified. Esko helps its customers to make the best packaging
for billions of consumers.
The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print
processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops,
packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages,
Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork
creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate
making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making,
palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage
The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two
hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and exposure
units as well as Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with
professional services, training and consultancy.
Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control
tools for printers, publishers, and graphic designers, is an Esko
subsidiary. MediaBeacon, with its digital asset management (DAM) solutions
is also part of the Esko family.
Esko employs about 1,500 people worldwide. Headquartered in Gent (Belgium),
its sales and service organization is in daily contact with customers all
over the globe.
Esko is a Danaher company (www.danaher.com).